2011 Volvo XC90
Review, Prices, Comparisons, Pictures
For 2011, the Volvo XC90 comes with a choice of two types of engines: a V8 with 315 horsepower, and a V6 with 240 horsepower. The V-6 comes in two trim levels, the 3.2 and the 3.2 R-Design.
The 3.2 trim level has 18" alloy wheels, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, wood trim for the interior, power front seats (with memory settings for the driver), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a three-zone climate control system. The eight-speaker entertainment system comes with capabilities for CDs, MP3s, iPod via USB, and satellite radio.
The 3.2 R-Design trim level substitutes 19" alloy wheels (with an optional upgrade to 20" wheels), and adds in a sport steering wheel, a suspension and steering system more tuned for sport-driving, upgraded leather upholstery, and a blue-faced instrument panel.
The trim style for the V8 has none of the R-Design features, but instead adds as standard the Climate Package of heated front seats, headlamp washers, rain and humidity sensors, and a specialized air filtration system. Available as a package option only for the V8 model is the Luxury Package of 19" alloy wheels, softer leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and a classic interior wood trim.
The Climate Package is available as an option for either V6 model. Other options available for all models are adaptive dual Xenon headlamps, a rear-seat dual-screen entertainment system, a blind-spot warning system, and the Multimedia Package, which includes a real-time traffic navigation system, a Dolby-sound audio system, and a rearview parking camera.
The 2011 Volvo XC90 is equal in performance to all the other luxury crossover SUV models available from many other car companies. Where the XC90 stands out, however, is its comfort and luxury styling. Be sure to get the V8 engine.